Dumaguete

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General information

Dumaguete (Dumaguete, also Dumaguete) is a city in the south of Negros Island, the largest in Negros Oriental province and its capital (Dumaguete on the map). In fact, the city is small, its population is slightly more than 130 thousand inhabitants, but it is the most visited tourist place on the island of Negros, far ahead of the popularity of the capital of the island city Bacolod (Bacolod).

This is a special city, it is considered the youngest in the Philippines. And this is indeed the case, since there are several large universities here, so it is a kind of student city. Perhaps this is what attracts many elderly pensioners from Australia and the United States, who move here for permanent residence, and start new families. According to various estimates, expats (foreigners who have moved) number from 4 to 6 thousand, and many of them conduct their business here: they open restaurants, hotels or guest houses, shops. For the same reason, tourists come here: to find a girl, a former girl, or a boy for adult entertainment here is not difficult. And, by the way, many girls and boys in the resorts of the neighboring islands of Cebu, Panglao and Siquijor are most often from Dumaguete.

There is no beach holiday in Dumagueta. Rather, there are beaches here, but you are unlikely to swim on them, and it takes several hours to get to the nearest good beaches. In the city itself, there is also nothing to do, so rarely any of the tourists stay longer than a couple of days, and you should not think about coming here for the entire period of rest. But this is an excellent starting point for getting acquainted in two or three days with the natural attractions of the south-eastern part of the island. Negros Oriental, including waterfalls, mountain lakes, mountain peaks, caves, hot springs.

Also in Dumagueta it is convenient to transfer on the way from the resort Moalboal (). Cebu) on Siquijor island or Bohol Island. It is home to a small local airport and a large seaport, the second most important in Central Visayas after the port in . Cebu.

Hotels and accommodation in Dumagueta where to stay

There are many hotels in Dumagueta, there are hostels. Prices for accommodation here are about the same as everywhere in the Philippines, but more affordable than most beach resorts. Most of the accommodation options are located in the city center, and it is there that it is best to settle, as you will be closer to transport, cafes and restaurants, shops. There are also quite a lot of accommodation options outside the city on the coast, but since there are no normal beaches here anyway, there is no point in settling on the beach either.

But in addition to the center of Dumaguete there are still interesting areas. If you come here for a long time to relax, you can consider the option of a hotel or house in the area of mountains or villages, especially popular is the village of Valencia (Valencia) just 6 kilometers from the city (Valencia on the map). This is a very quiet and peaceful town at the foot of Mount Talinis, where it will be much more pleasant to relax than in the noisy and crowded Dumaguete. There are several hotel options in Valencia, but for a long time it is better to rent a house or part of a house there.

Alternatively, you can consider a stop on the beach of the town of Dauin (Dauin) 15 kilometers from the city ( Dauin on the map). There is a marine reserve, and if you want to go snorkeling or diving, the best place on the shores of Dumaguete can not be found.

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Infrastructure in Dumagueta

Dumagueta has a well-developed urban and well-developed tourist infrastructure. There are large shopping centers and supermarkets, chain restaurants, a large market, city transport from jeepneys and tricycles. The most developed part of the city is the business center or downtown, which is located along the Rizal waterfront. There are several large shopping centers and supermarkets with low prices: Robinsons Place, Robinsons Supermarket, Lee Super Plaza, Ever Mall, and many smaller shops, including souvenir shops. Money exchange, banks, ATMs are also better to look for here, but in our experience the exchange rate here is lower than in Cebu or Manila, for example, so if possible, change cash in large cities or in more popular resorts. In general, currency exchanges are not found at every turn, so it is better to check in advance on the map or from the locals where to find the nearest one. There are a lot of ATMs on the street and in shopping centers, but they all withhold a commission of 250 pesos per withdrawal (see for more information about Philippine currency and bank cards).

There are few travel agencies and ticket offices on the streets, excursions are mainly sold through hotels and hostels. But if you want, you can walk along the streets of San Jose, Santa Catalina and others in the center, they have offices of travel agencies. You can get free maps and booklets with descriptions of attractions and excursions, contacts of travel agencies in the urban centers of the tourinformation in the cultural village of Negros (Sidlakang Negros Village) on the outskirts of the city, or in the center on Santa Catalina Street (Information Center on the map).

There are plenty of places to eat in Dumagueta. The cheapest food in the market area, but the quality is amateur, and very dirty. To try dishes with a local flavor, you can visit the budget cafe-canteens Baroroy and Foodnet in the center, they are very popular with locals. And in the evening, at the end of the Rizal embankment, a street food court worked, there is generally a solid local flavor. There are also many clean chain restaurants, including 4 local Jolibees and several McDonald's.

Weather in Dumagueta, tourist seasons

This is a year-round resort, it is always warm here, but the rainy season is unfavorable for visiting.

  • High season runs from January to May. This is the best time to visit, considered the dry season. There is very little rain at this time, the sky is clear. But sometimes the rainy season is delayed until January, and in some years even until February, so the ideal time to travel is from March to May.
  • The low season lasts from June to December. This is the rainy season, but it is not as pronounced as in other Southeast Asian countries. Rains are rare, there are almost no protracted ones, they just happen more often than in the dry season. But what is bad, at this time the sky is often thickly cloudy, there are storms and typhoons.

Seasons in Dumagueta by month, when is the best time to go

Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov. Dec
                       

* best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit

Current weather in Dumagueta and forecast

  • 30 Июн
    9:00
    небольшой дождь
    +31°C
    1м/с
    Влаж. 70%
  • 30 Июн
    18:00
    пасмурно
    +26°C
    2м/с
    Влаж. 84%
  • 01 Июл
    3:00
    небольшой дождь
    +30°C
    1м/с
    Влаж. 67%
  • 01 Июл
    12:00
    небольшой дождь
    +27°C
    1м/с
    Влаж. 80%
  • 01 Июл
    21:00
    облачно с прояснениями
    +26°C
    1м/с
    Влаж. 80%
  • 02 Июл
    6:00
    небольшой дождь
    +30°C
    2м/с
    Влаж. 70%
  • 02 Июл
    15:00
    пасмурно
    +27°C
    1м/с
    Влаж. 81%
  • 03 Июл
    0:00
    небольшой дождь
    +29°C
    3м/с
    Влаж. 80%
  • 03 Июл
    9:00
    небольшой дождь
    +29°C
    2м/с
    Влаж. 74%
  • 03 Июл
    18:00
    небольшой дождь
    +27°C
    1м/с
    Влаж. 85%
  • 04 Июл
    3:00
    небольшой дождь
    +30°C
    2м/с
    Влаж. 72%
  • 04 Июл
    12:00
    дождь
    +27°C
    1м/с
    Влаж. 86%

* - прогноз указан по местному времени. Данные получены с https://openweathermap.org. Если отображаются устаревшие даты, обновите страницу с помощью F5+Ctrl.

How to get to Dumaguete

Dumaguete can be reached by plane, ferry, bus. The nearest local airport is on the outskirts of the city, and the International Airport is in Cebu (). Mactan). Most tourists come here from Cebu, from the islands of Siquijor and Bohol.

How to get there briefly:

  • From Cebu to Dumagueta

    • by plane;
    • by ferry;
    • by direct bus from South Bus Terminal with ferry crossing;
    • take a bus from the South Bus Terminal to Liloan Port, take a ferry to Sibulan Port, and from Sibulan Port by Jeep or tricycle to your hotel in Dumagueta.
  • From Moalboal

    In Moalboal, you need to take a bus to the city of Bato (Bato). From the bus station in Bato, take a tricycle or motorcycle taxi for 50-100 pesos to the port of Liolan, take a ferry to the port of Sibulan, and from the port of Sibulan by Jeep or tricycle to the hotel in Dumagueta.

  • From Oslob

    In Oslob, take a bus to the port of Liloan, take a ferry to the port of Sibulan, and from the port of Sibulan by jeepney or tricycle to the hotel in Dumaguete.

  • From Panglao and Bohol

    Ferries from Tagbilaran Port several times a day on schedule.

  • From the island of Siquijor

    There are ferries from Larena Marina and Siquijor town once or twice a day.

Further details about each of the ways to get there with an indication of the cost and schedule:

  • By plane

    Plane to Cebu

    Near Dumaguete there is a small local airport Sibulan Airport (IATA code - DGT). It accepts only domestic flights from Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Cagayan de Oro) Airlines Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Located on the outskirts of the city just 4 kilometers from the center (Dumagete airport on the map). You can get from it to the hotel on a tricycle for 50-100 pesos, or go from the airport exit a little more than 150 meters to the main highway National Road, where you can take a jeepney to the Center for just 10 pesos.

    There are no international flights to Sibulan Airport, and the nearest Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located in Semu, and it is best to fly to it on an international flight, and then by land or ferry to get directly to the city. Buying a ready-made international flight with a transfer to domestic to Dumaguete is not worth it, so it will be very expensive. It is better to separately purchase an international flight to Cebu or Manila, and a separate domestic flight.

    You can find tickets to Cebu airport or from Cebu to Dumaguete using the search form:

    Minimum prices for flights from Moscow to Cebu:

    ЦЕНАПЕРЕСАДКИАВИАКОМПАНИЯДАТА ВЫЛЕТАДАТА ВОЗВРАЩЕНИЯ
    НАЙТИ ОТ 90088 ₽ 2 пересадки Лого авиакомпании 26.07.2022 10.08.2022
    НАЙТИ ОТ 60185 ₽ 2 пересадки Лого авиакомпании 18.08.2022 05.09.2022
    НАЙТИ ОТ 50576 ₽ 2 пересадки Лого авиакомпании 06.09.2022 19.09.2022
    НАЙТИ ОТ 40262 ₽ 1 пересадка Лого авиакомпании 30.10.2022 12.11.2022
    НАЙТИ ОТ 37815 ₽ 1 пересадка Лого авиакомпании 01.11.2022 09.11.2022

    Minimum prices for flights from Russia to Cebu:

    ЦЕНАМАРШРУТПЕРЕСАДКИ
    НАЙТИ ОТ 37453 ₽ Москва ⇄ Себу 1
    НАЙТИ ОТ 49115 ₽ Санкт-Петербург ⇄ Себу 1
    НАЙТИ ОТ 262486 ₽ Южно-Сахалинск ⇄ Себу 4
    НАЙТИ ОТ 65840 ₽ Новосибирск ⇄ Себу 2
    НАЙТИ ОТ 84960 ₽ Минеральные Воды ⇄ Себу 2
    НАЙТИ ОТ 79090 ₽ Самара ⇄ Себу 2
    НАЙТИ ОТ 44211 ₽ Екатеринбург ⇄ Себу 2
    НАЙТИ ОТ 91070 ₽ Челябинск ⇄ Себу 2

    To search for tickets from Manila or Cebu to Dumagueta, it makes sense to manually check the prices on the websites of Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

  • By ferry

    Port Of Dumaguete

    Read more all about ferries in the Philippines and how to use them...

    The bulk of ferries and speedboat flights arrive/depart at the main port in the city center (dumageteport on the map). These are flights from Manila, Zamboanga (Mindanao island), Dipolog (Dipolog City), Tagbilaran (Bohol Island), Siquijor Island, Cebu City. You can get to the port from the hotels in the city on a tricycle for 50 pesos, there are also jeepney flights from 8 pesos.

    There are a lot of flights to the main port, different companies operate along the routes. Unfortunately, there is no single schedule for the port, and with this there is complete confusion. You need to check the websites of individual companies, and some of them do not even have websites, and you can check the schedule and cost only on the spot at the box office. There is no single cash register here either, and sales offices are scattered at the entrance to the port and nearby around the city. Therefore, it is best to ask the locals about the schedule, for example at the hotel reception, or come to the port and sort it out on the spot. Please note that if you are even told that there is no flight, you need to double-check and ask at all ticket offices and from different people, as often the information may be inaccurate.

    Here are the schedules of some flights to the main port of Dumaguete that can be booked online:

    Паром Думагете - Сикихор ₽ 543–827 40 м. – 50 м.
    •   Туристический класс 07:20, 19:10
    •   Open-Air 07:20, 19:10
    •   Бизнес-класс 07:20, 19:10
    •   Туристический класс 06:00, 18:00
    •   Бизнес-класс 06:00, 18:00
    •   Open-Air 06:00, 18:00
    Паром Думагете - Бохол ₽ 1,161–1,726 2 ч.
    •   Туристический класс 13:00
    •   Open-Air 13:00
    •   Бизнес-класс 13:00
    •   Туристический класс 10:40
    •   Бизнес-класс 10:40
    •   Open-Air 10:40
    Такси Думагете - Думагете ₽ 648 20 м.
    •   Внедорожник 4 места
    •   Van 14pax
    •   Внедорожник 4 места
    •   Van 14pax
    Такси Думагете - Негрос ₽ 906–5,177 45 м. – 2 ч. 30 м.
    •   Внедорожник 4 места
    •   Van 14pax
    •   Внедорожник 4 места
    •   Van 14pax

    You can also check the schedule on the websites of some of the carriers, but this is not all, but only those who have sites:

    Another port of Sibulan (Sibulan Port Terminal) is located 7 kilometers from the city (Sibulan Port on the map). It is connected by frequent ferry service to the port of Liloan (Liloan Port) on the island of Cebu. Ferries run from 04: 00 to 19: 30 every 30-60 minutes, cost 70 pesos + 15 pesos Terminal fee. Upon arrival in Cibulan, the hotel can be reached by tricycle, for a trip asking more than 150 pesos. Immediately from the parking lot at the exit from the pier, jeepneys are waiting for passengers, on which you can get to the center along the main street for just 10 pesos (price 2021).

  • By bus

    Ceres Bus

    By bus in Dumagueta you can get from the cities of Negros Island, and there is also a direct bus from Cebu with ferry crossing. All buses arrive and depart from the new Ceres Bus Terminal (terminal on the map).

    • Bus from Cebu to Dumagueta

      The cost is 360 pesos, the journey is 6 hours. Tickets are sold at bus terminals and at Vallacar Transit Inc agencies on the streets. The bus passes through Oslob right next to the place where you swim with whale sharks:

      • From Cebu City from South Bus Terminal Cebu, bus station on the map). 06:00, 07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:30, 23:00.
      • From Dumaguete from the new bus terminal go to 03:15, 04:15, 05:45, 06:30, 08:20, 09:15, 10:15, 11:20, 14:15, 22:30
    • Bus from Bacolod to Dumaguete

      The journey is 6 hours, costs from 295 pesos for a simple bus, and 380 air-conditioned:

      • From Bacolod depart from 01: 00 to 20: 30 every 30-60 minutes.
      • From Dumaguete depart from 01: 00 to 10: 30 every 30-60 minutes.

    In addition to these directions, there is a regular connection with other major cities of the island. Buses depart approximately every 30-60 minutes during the day, so you can simply come to the bus terminal and buy tickets for the next flight. Some cities need to go with transfers, but in any case, during the day you can get from/to any place on Negros.

Transportation in Dumagueta, how to move around the city

Dumagueta tricycle

The center of Dumaguete is small, you can move around it on foot. In general, almost the whole city can be walked along and across in one day, but for a trip to the sights, the main part of which is located outside the city, you will have to use transport.

The most convenient and relatively inexpensive way to travel short distances within Dumaguete is a tricycle or motorcycle taxi. There are no regular car taxis in Dumagueta yet. A tricycle is a tricycle with a sidecar and a roof. They are hired as a taxi to the right place, having previously agreed on the price, you need to bargain. The normal price is no more than 50 pesos (0.91 USD) for a trip through the city, and 20-30 pesos for a short trip within the center. To get to the cibulan Pier (ferries to Cebu island) or the airport, you will have to give 100-150 pesos, but this is after bargaining, initially they ask for much more.

For long trips around the city, you can use jeepneys. This is an analogue of our fixed-route taxis, made in the form of trucks. They ply on certain routes that only the locals know, and even then not all. Tourists can benefit from the route, which goes from the bus station through the city center along the national road to the cibulan pier, costs only 10 pesos.

The best option for exploring the sights in the vicinity of Dumaguete is to rent a low – power scooter-Motobike. They are offered for rent in some hotels, and you can find rental on the street (a little cheaper than in hotels). There are especially many rentals in the southern part of the center along Perdices Street. Per day they ask 350 pesos for a semi-automatic machine (6.36 USD), and 400 for the machine. But you can bargain, especially if you take a few days. It is quite possible to bargain for 350 and even 300 for an automatic transmission. Learn more about renting motorcycles and what rights you need in the Philippines, see here...

Traffic in the vicinity of the city is calm, the roads are generally good. But here in the center is quite dense traffic, and just a terrible traffic management system with one-way roads that constantly change even during the day by setting temporary signs. So keep in mind that if you drove around the city in the morning on some road, by lunch it may be already one-sided.

Attractions and entertainment

In the city of Dumaguete there are very few attractions, most of the interesting places are outside the city, and some at a respectful distance. These are Hot Springs, mountain lakes, mountains, caves, waterfalls. Also from Dumaguete visit the nearby tiny island Apo (Apo Island), known for amazing diving and snorkeling, and go on tours to the Dolphins in the city of Bais (Bais City).

In our opinion, it is most convenient to visit local attractions on your own on a rented motorbike, which can be easily found at rental offices in the center or in hotels, the cost is from 350 pesos per day. Also, some places can be reached by yourself by bus or jeepney with a transfer to a tricycle or motorcycle taxi, but this way you will spend a lot of time on the road. In local travel agencies on the street and in hotels, sightseeing tours to attractions are also offered, but it is not so easy to find them, you will have to spend time on it. Unfortunately, while Dumaguete is not very popular with tourists, so there are no inexpensive group excursions here, you will have to pay for an individual tour. Here are tour prices as of 2021 for a guide:

  • Twin Lakes. 1000 pesos for 1 person, 1500 for two, 3000 for four.
  • Twin Lakes + Casaroro falls. 1500 pesos for 1 person, 2500 for two, 4000 for four.
  • Twin Lakes + Casaroro falls + Hot Springs. 1000 pesos for 1 person, 1500 for two, 3000 for four.

Of the entertainment for tourists in the city there is nothing at all, except that the very atmosphere of the provincial and at the same time youth City will be interesting, although, objectively, it is difficult to call walking around the city pleasant. Unfortunately, as in any more or less Large City in the Philippines, dirt and noise are everywhere, beggars and drunkards are asking for money.

Lovers of adult entertainment can easily find in Dumaguete a girl, a boy, or a former girl who likes what. There are a lot of prostitutes here, they "hunt" mainly in the center along the embankment. If you just want to relax in the evening, you can visit one of the bars or restaurants that work late, there are a lot of such institutions here.

And here is a list of interesting places to visit in Dumagueta:

  • Bell tower / Campanario de Dumaguete

    Dumaguete bell tower

    The old tower at the current Cathedral St. Catherine Of Alexandria Cathedral or Dumaguete Cathedral, built in 1754-1776 years of coral stone. It looks very beautiful, like a real antiquity. For local residents, this is a sacred place and the main city Temple, believers come here to pray and put candles. Also, beggars and beggars constantly revolve around.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: the bell tower is located in the city center at the intersection of Perdices and Teves streets (tower on the map).

  • Rizal Promenade

    Dumagueta Rizal promenade

    The Rizal waterfront is one of the most beautiful and cleanest in the Philippines. Yes, Do not be surprised, there are almost no beautiful embankments in the resorts of the country, and in Dumagueta there is, and it is even conditionally clean. There is even a beach along it in places, but no one swims on it, except that sometimes locals arrange a rest or rare tourists sunbathe. There is also another conditional historical landmark-a sculpture of nuns in a boat, and at the end of the Promenade there is even an inscription "Dumaguete", against which locals and rare tourists are photographed. It is on the embankment in the evenings that girls and boys are on duty for adults, and every rabble of Thieves and beggars is spinning, so be careful.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: embankment on the map.

  • Centrop zoo / CENTROP

    Centrop zoo Dumagueta

    The only zoo in the city, and at the same time one of the saddest places. It is simply in a terribly neglected state. The territory is dirty, animals sit in dirty cages. It is worth visiting it only if you want to donate some money to care for it, since the university apparently does not allocate enough. According to the description at the entrance, 23 species of plants and 16 species of animals grow here, but in fact the main part of the zoo's population is spotted deer. Also in dirty cages live monkeys, wild cat, crocodile, python, several species of birds, flying fox. Learn more about Centrop zoo here...

    🕐 Working hours: 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: admission is free, but at the entrance the guard will ask you to register in the magazine and leave symbolic donations of 5 or 10 pesos (0.18 USD). If you decide to leave the amount more, be sure to throw it personally into the donation box, and do not give it to the guard in his hands, because he takes the change for himself.

    🚶 How to get there: located on the outskirts of the city in the cul-de-sac of Ipil Street (Zoo on the map). Here you can walk from the center in 20 minutes, or take a jeepney towards the port of Simbulan on the main road for 8 pesos, get off at the intersection after Freedom Park, and then walk 5 minutes.

  • Negros Cultural Village / Sidlakang Negros Village

    Negros cultural village in Dumagueta

    This is actually just a souvenir shop, stylized as a traditional dwelling of the island of Negros. Here you can buy original souvenirs made by artisans, and ordinary magnets, key chains, etc. with Negros and Dumaguete signatures. You can walk around the territory, but there is nothing interesting on it. There is also an Information Center where excursions are offered, and you can take a free map of the city with attractions. Learn more about Negros cultural village here...

    🕐 Working hours: 09:00-17:00.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: located on the outskirts of the city on E J. Blanco Dr, (village on the map). Here you can walk from the center in 25 minutes, or take a jeep towards the port of Simbulan on the main road for 8 pesos to the intersection with the street E J. Blanco Dr, and then walk 5 minutes.

  • Silliman Hall Building

    Silliman Hall in Dumaguete

    The Silliman Hall building is one of the architectural landmarks of the city, and at the same time the building of the local university. It was built in 1909 and is an example of traditional Eastern American architecture. Inside there is nothing interesting: there is a modern design for university events.

    🕐 Working hours: you can view the outside around the clock.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: building on the map.

  • Silliman University Anthropology Museum

    This is an anthropological museum at the Private University of Siliman, but it is available for everyone to visit. Not very large, the collection includes archaeological finds collected in the vicinity of Dumaguete. It will give wat a general idea of the history and culture of this region, but it can not be called a must-visit.

    🕐 Working hours: 8: 30-11:30 and 14:00-16: 30, Saturday and Sunday are days off.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 100 pesos (1.82 USD).

    🚶 How to get there: Museum on the map.

  • World War II Museum / Cata-al World War 2 Museum

    Dumagueta World War II Museum

    The museum is located in the small town of Valencia, and it is usually visited on the way to the casaroro falls or Mount Talinis. This is a small private museum, which contains a large collection of items left after fierce battles during the Battle of the Visayas from March 18 to July 30, 1945. between the armies of the United States and Japan. Most of the artifacts are found in the vicinity of Dumaguete and on other islands, but there are also loosely related to the war, including those from the USSR and Russia post-war times. Learn more about the World War II Museum here...

    🕐 Working hours: 08:00-17:00.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free, you can leave donations in the box.

    🚶 How to get there: the museum is located on the Main Street at the entrance to the village of Valencia (Valencia) 8 kilometers from Dumaguete (Museum on the map). The most convenient way to get here is by rented transport, tricycle or motorcycle taxi, but you can also get there by regular jeepneys for just 24 pesos. Jeepneys to Valencia from Dumaguete depart from the main market.

  • Casaroro waterfall or Casaroro (Casaroro waterfall)

    Casaroro falls in Dumagueta

    This is a large beautiful 30-meter waterfall, the most full-flowing and most popular with tourists in the vicinity of Dumaguete. At the foot of KNA is a pool with cool but not icy water, where you can swim. But be careful, the flow of water from above is very strong, it is better not to swim under the Jets. Around the waterfall itself there is no infrastructure, tables, and shops, there is only a cafe at the very beginning of the trail to it. Learn more about Casaroro falls here...

    🕐 Working hours: 08:00-16:70.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 30 pesos (0.54 USD).

    🚶 How to get there: the waterfall is located in the vicinity of Dumaguete 15 kilometers on the slope of Mount Talinis (waterfall on the map). It is best to get here by rented transport, you can get to the very entrance, there is free parking and a cafe. But you can get there by transport with transfers. From Dumaguete from the market area by jeep for 24 pesos you need to get to the town of Valencia (Valencia). There you have to transfer to the habal-habal motorcycle taxi. Motorcycle taxi drivers ask for 150 pesos, but you can bargain up to 100, or 200 for a round trip with waiting. It is better to immediately agree on a round trip, otherwise there is a chance to go back on foot.

    When you reach the entrance, you need to leave the transport, and then only on foot. From the parking lot directly to the waterfall will have to walk 10-30 minutes. The road is simple and well equipped, there are railings and bridges, but it will take a long time to descend and climb in the opposite direction. The last 50 meters to the pool at the foot you need to go on the stones and partly in the water, but if you do not want to swim, you can not do it, but just enjoy the views from the side.

  • Twin Lakes and Balinsasayao National Park

    Twin Lakes and Balinsasayao National Park in Dumagueta

    The two Twin Lakes in the craters of the extinct volcano and the forests around them are recognized by the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. This is one of the most visited natural attractions in the Dumaguete area, however, not always the expectations of tourists are justified. Visiting them, of course, is definitely worth it, just do not wait too much. Here you can go on a boat (kayak-150 pesos/hour, boat-250 pesos/hour) or just enjoy the views from the shore, having a picnic . But it is more interesting here rather than the lakes themselves, but the surrounding nature and a walk through the National Park. There are beautiful views along the way and there is even a small waterfall, Olayan Falls, and between the Lakes is a bird watching tower. Learn more about the Twin Lakes and Balinsasayao National Park here...

    🕐 Working hours: from 08:00 to 17:00, visitors to the park are stopped at about 15:00 due to darkness. Because of the weather, it's best to head here in the morning.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 100 pesos (1.82 USD) + 12 per thousand.

    🚶 How to get there: the Twin Lakes and the National Park are 30 kilometers from Dumaguete (lakes on the map). Most often they are visited from Dumaguete, but you can also from other resorts. Negros, tours are offered everywhere.

  • Pulangbato and Red River waterfalls / Pulangbato & Red River Falls)

    Pulangbato and Red River waterfalls in Dumagueta

    Two small waterfalls are located on the territory of the Recreation Complex with a cafe, sun loungers, a swimming pool and an artificial pool at the foot of the Red River waterfall, a suspension bridge. The waterfalls themselves are so-so, not very beautiful and large and just for them you should not go here. But to come to rest for a few hours to splash a little in the pool and sunbathe is quite possible. Learn more about Pulangbato and Red River waterfalls here...

    🕐 Working hours: 09-00-17:00.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 100 pesos (1.82 USD).

    🚶 How to get there: the waterfalls and the complex are located 15 kilometers from Dumagate (waterfall on the map). You can get here only by rented transport, motorcycle taxi or tricycle. The last few kilometers of the road are very bad, sometimes it goes into a dirt road, but you can drive with caution. The road is being repaired.

  • Red Rock Hot Springs / Red Rock Hot Springs

    Red Rock Hot Springs Dumagueta

    These are swimming pools equipped for swimming, filled with natural hot water from the bowels of the neighboring Mountain. The water is believed to have healing properties, and it does have a slight smell of hydrogen sulfide, like most healing bathing Springs. However, there are no restrictions and recommendations on the time of bathing, and no information is provided on its properties and radioactivity, so it can be assumed that bathing here is more for pleasure than really for treatment. Learn more about Red Rock hot springs here...

    🕐 Working hours: 07:00-20:00.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 70 pesos (1.27 USD).

    🚶 How to get there: the springs are located 14 kilometers from the center of Dumaguete (Hot Springs on the map). You can get here only by rented transport, motorcycle taxi or tricycle.

  • Tierra Alta Resort amusement park and zipline

    Tierra Alta Resort Dumagueta

    This is a Greek-styled amusement park with a swimming pool, gazebos for recreation, a restaurant, sun loungers, and a lighthouse-observation deck, operating at the hotel of the same name. Not only guests of the resort can relax on its territory, but also those who wish from the outside for a fee. For some, perhaps the most interesting thing here is the longest zipline on the island of Negros, the total length of the tracks is 600 meters. For the zipline will have to pay separately from the entrance fee of 250 pesos.

    🕐 Working hours: the complex is open from 08:00 to 20:00, the zipline is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 500 pesos (9.08 USD), zipline 250 pesos.

    🚶 How to get there: located 8 kilometers from the center of Dumaguete on the way to the hot springs and to the waterfall Pulangbato and Red River (amusement parks on the map).

  • Mag-Aso volcanic steam

    Mag-aso volcanic spring in Dumaguete

    Volcanic source Mag-aso (Mag-Aso Volcanic Steam or Sulphur Nountain) is an unusual natural formation, the output of hot water and steam from the bowels of the Earth from an inactive volcano. Very hot water with a pungent smell of hydrogen sulfide escapes from crevices in the rock and flows into the river right next to the highway leading to the Red Rock Hot Springs. Here you can stop for a few minutes, and even try to cook eggs in natural boiling water, if you buy them in advance in the village or in Dumaguete. A couple of kilometers before this spring on the other side of the river there is another such hot water outlet, but it is less well known.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: located 14 kilometers from the center of Dumaguete on the way to the hot springs and to the waterfall Pulangbato and Red River (Mag-aso source on the map, and small source on the map).

  • Lake Balanan / Lake Balanan

    Lake Balanan in Dumaguete

    Balanan, in our opinion (the authors of the site), is much more beautiful and interesting than the famous Twin Lakes Twin Lake, but it is little known and rarely visited by tourists. The reason for this is most likely the remoteness from Dumaguete and other resorts of the island of Negros, and a very bad road to it. But if you have enough time, we recommend visiting it for a whole day or half a day to relax and have fun. You can even stay here for the night in a guest house or camping with your tent. But to come here for a few minutes just to look at it and take a selfie, perhaps not worth it: too long and difficult road. Learn more about Lake Balanan here...

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 50 pesos adults, 25-children, free on Tuesday.

    🚶 How to get there: the lake is located 60 kilometers from Dumaguete (Lake on the map). Most of the way is on an excellent asphalt road, but the last 11 kilometers is a terrible road that will take 30-60 minutes.

  • Baslay Hot Springs

    Abandoned Baslay Hot Springs in Dumaguete

    Hot springs were once paid and well equipped for taking hot therapeutic baths in natural hot water from the bowels of Mount Talinis. But after the typhoon, this place was abandoned, and not even all the locals know about its existence, and can tell you that the springs are no more. In fact, they exist, and they can be visited completely free of charge. True, there is one thing: the place of Hot Springs is really unfortunate and dangerous. They are located on the mountainside in a place where very often there are strong winds that easily break trees. This may be why the sources have not been recovered, Be careful here. Learn more about Baslay hot springs here...

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock, it is better to visit during daylight hours from 8 to 16 hours. And don't stay here too late – it's dangerous.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: you can only get to the springs by rented transport or taxi, go by Navigator, from the center of Dumaguete 25 kilometers (sources on the map). The road leads good, asphalt through the villages. In the place marked on our map, there is a cafe and a platform where you can leave transport. You can leave it for free, sometimes the local kids ask for parking 10-50 pesos, as you bargain. From the parking lot, a concrete path to the Springs goes into the forest and down the mountainside.

  • Apo Island

    Sea turtle

    This is a small island off the coast of the southeastern part of Negros Oriental, known as one of the best places for diving in the Philippines. Especially to visit it and dive, people come here from different parts of the Philippines, but mainly from the nearest islands of Cebu and Bohol. Coastal waters are rich in soft and hard corals, a huge number of colored fish, you can see the giant fish Caranx (Giant Trevally). But the most important thing is the almost 100 percent chance of seeing giant sea green turtles, since the waters of the island are their home. There are a couple of diving centers (from 1200 pesos per dive), you can rent snorkeling equipment (100 pesos). Learn more about Apo Island here...

    🕐  Working hours: round the clock, boats go approximately until 17 hours.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 100 pesos Environmental Fee (1.82 USD). Does not depend on the number of days or nights, paid once when leaving the boat on the island.

    🚶 How to get there: Apo is located 30 kilometers from the city center (APO on the map). It is most convenient to visit in the form of excursions, which are offered in hotels and travel agencies on the street of the city in the center. Cost from 1500 pesos (27.24 USD) for a one-day snorkeling excursion, and from 2500 (45.4 USD) for a diving tour.

  • Dauin beach and marine sanctuary

    Snorkeling in Dauin

    On the beach of the town of Dauin there is a marine reserve, and this is one of the few places near Dumaguet where you can swim (not counting waterfalls, of course), sunbathe, and do good snorkeling (there is equipment rental). If you are lucky, then in addition to many colored fish and a coral reef, you can see sea turtles here, there are quite a lot of them. In general, the fish and corals here are already just a few meters from the shore, so this beach can be envied by others much more famous. And it is believed that here are the best sunsets.

    🕐 Working hours: during daytime.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: 50 pesos.

    🚶 How to get there: Dauin and the beach are 15 kilometers from the city center (Beach on the map). You can get here not only by taxi or rented transport, but also by buses. From the main bus station Dumaguete during the day every 15-30 minutes there are passing buses to Bayawan, Sipalay or Hinobaan, you need to get off in the center of Dauin near the market, and go to the beach 5 minutes on foot.

  • Mount Talinis

    View of Mount Talinis, photo flickr.com

    It is the second highest mountain on the island of Negros after the volcano Canlaon (Canlaon). Aozvysha in 1903 meters 20 kilometers from the city. A hiking trail leads to the summit, which can be overcome during a one-day or two-day hiking/trekking tour. On the route you can visit Twin Falls, Mountain Lakes Lake Yagumyum and Lake Nailig, a source of hot volcanic water, and many more interesting things. You can climb independently or as part of a tourist group. Learn more about Mount Talinis here...

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock, it is better to start climbing at dawn at 5-6 in the morning.

    🚶 Entrance fee / tickets price: free, tours from 1000 pesos.

    🚶 How to get there: the summit is located 20 kilometers from the center of Dumaguete (mountain on the map).

    There are several routes to the mountain, but the most "trampled" are two: from the village of Valencia (Valencia) from the side of the casaroro waterfall; from Dauin (Dauin).

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